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Salah tests positive for coronavirus – Egyptian FA

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.

The Egyptian Football Association announced on Friday that the Liverpool midfielder returned a positive test ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo but is asymptomatic.

The (translated) statement read:

The medical swab conducted on the mission of our first national football team showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, was infected with the coronavirus after his test came out positive – although he does not suffer from any symptoms.

[He] was subject to the medical protocol after the coordination of the national team doctor, Dr Muhammad Abu Al-Ola, with his English club, Liverpool, in addition to isolating him in his room and also isolating all contacts.

In a later announcement, Egypt confirmed that a second test backed up the findings of the first:

At the time of writing, Liverpool have yet to confirm the news.

Barring any further developments, Salah will now have to undergo a period of self-isolation and will very likely be unavailable for the Gameweek 9 visit of Leicester City.

The Reds are already injury-ravaged heading into that fixture, with Joe Gomez (£5.4m) joining Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) on the sidelines and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) also a major doubt with a calf problem.

Sadio Mane (£12.0m) of course tested positive for coronavirus last month, returning to training at Melwood after a 10-day period of self-isolation and featuring for the Reds in the Merseyside derby, 15 days after his initial diagnosis.

Salah could feasibly return in Gameweek 10, then, if a similar timeframe of recovery, isolation and return to training pans out – although there is also the small matter of a flight back to England in between.

We have already seen West Bromwich Albion’s Callum Robinson (£5.5m) withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad after returning a positive test of his own.

Wolves’ Conor Coady (£5.0m) is also self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, Ireland revealed that Alan Browne had returned a positive coronavirus test after playing against England – although the Football Association of Ireland added that “no close contacts of the player” had been identified.

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1,971 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    #Salahsell is easy for us with 2FTs. He might even miss two games and with all their injuries I think it's safe to go without until the Fulham game.

    Great short term replacements in Bruno/KDB/Sterling/Hamez

    1. doher.ty
        2 months, 7 days ago

        probably fake news tbh

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Official sources though.

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Wasn't the tweet deleted? These rush transfers aren't justified. Could have been a false positive as he will certainly be tested again before next weekend.

        2. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Seems a waste of two transfers when you’ll want him back in two weeks

      • Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Well shoot, all the casuals are going to do Salah to Bruno today and force Bruno's price up aren't they.

        1. doher.ty
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I got Bruno in yesterday for Son so I hope so

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Risky given Bruno has more international games though

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yeah, just wait on Bruno positive test

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Hopefully Bruno also misses out next gw

        2. Pad Randa
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Benching Salah and good thing I got Jota when I did. (c) against LEI?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            You probably have better options. D(c)L perhaps

        3. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Have taken a - 4 already. Can I get away with this team next week - assuming no more covid / injuries? Hopefully salah only out 1 game....

          Don't really want to go to - 8...

          Martinez
          Chilwell cancelo james lamptey
          Son grealish ziyech
          Kane dcl watkins

          Thanks

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Looks good - I don't think you'll need to bench Salah tho

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Hope you are right! Who would you captain?

                Tempted by ziyech.....

                1. doher.ty
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    I think it's a week to take a risk. No standout. I'm tempted by DCL and Grealish. Brought in Bruno for Son so he'll likely take the armband but Ziyech an option as well.

                    1. Flynny
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Cheers mate. Best of luck

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Kev or Bruno then?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Bruno

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Are the baggies that bad? Probably haha! You making the same switch from Mo?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    I probably will - too much money to have on the bench even for one GW and good opportunity to move on those that sit Salah out for a GW.

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Agree. And Bruno the best Captain this GW by far. Will wait for the deadline though

                      1. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        DCL?

                      2. Riverside Red
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        I'm not sure moving Salah on is the right option. Can't you transfer out Sonor anthermidfielder for Bruno if your that desperate to own him.

                        WBA are improving as well

                      3. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        not necessarily

                        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Who then?

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Yip. Hopefully De Bruyne's improving form isn't a false positive.

            • Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              No Salah probably means Milly instead of Neco 3.9 at RB

            • dbeck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              with a load more internationals to take place are we best to still hold and make more informed decisions on moving players on or benching, as may get worse next week?

              Those with a WC who were planning to hold it, what needs to happen now for you to pull the trigger?

              1. Epic ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Always best to wait if you can.

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Wait a week and see how the land lies then. No pointing hitting WC today if you can get through GW9 without using it.

              3. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Already pulled the trigger last weekend and brought a few risers

              4. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Certainly why risk early moves when the player you are bringing in will not play

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              So does Salah have Covid19 or not?

              Getting really confusing

              1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Nobody knows

              2. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Will be re-tested

              3. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Egypt is having some fun with this

              4. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                You logged onto Fantasy Football Scout not Facebook's Pandemic and Medical 'experts' page 😉

              5. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Pretty obvious the Egyptian FA are just trying to damage control because Salah is getting a lot of stick for being a moron.

            • chaser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Salah out for one game doesn’t justify selling...

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Sshhhhhh

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  I need his price to drop

              2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                What happens if he tests positive again like Ronaldo did?

                1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Will wait for next negative test

              3. doher.ty
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  It doesn't, especially if you plan to bring him in the week after or the one after that. Transfer are very precious this season, wouldn't want to be wasting them making that move.

                  Lots of money to have on the bench though so I understand the temptation.

                • GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Might if you were planning it anyway.

                • Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  It does if the replacement is captained and hauls

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  who do you have coming in for him ?

              4. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Probably my second easiest -8 of the season

                Second to last week's -8 for Foden to Ziyech

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  let him be ruled out first surely

                  1. doher.ty
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      this - can't be taking -8 every week.

                  2. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    -8 is the most I'll take. I don't think it's ever justified to do more than that.

                  3. Riverside Red
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Good performance last week. Your team looks 100% template.

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Podence to Jota for a hit madness?

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Maybe maybe not

                  2. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    When all around you are fighting their way through a Salah mist you ask this question , yes madness

                3. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Sell Mo now!

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    No rush

                4. PLerix
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Any reports on Callum Wilsons health?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Very mixed, from possibly back for the Chelsea game for out for a number of weeks.

                5. Hryszko
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Already taken a -4 to bring in KDB & Cancelo... And with the Salah news I'm a bit stuck!

                  Stick him on my bench for a couple of weeks, or take another -4 to bring in someone else?

                  Martinez (Steer)
                  Coufal - Cancelo - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
                  Salah - KDB - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
                  DCL - Kane - Werner

                  0.2m in the bank.

                  1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    A couple of weeks? Mo will be out for one game max, maybe he'll play vs Leicester as it can be a false positive test..

                  2. Riverside Red
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes your in trouble

                  3. doher.ty
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Already a -4 - just bench him. He may not even be out. If you'll want him back there is no reason to ship him out for 1 gw.

                  4. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Can't wait for the Salah haul after the false positive confirmation

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Fear you will be deleting again Fudgy

                    2. doher.ty
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        I can't wait for the Salah out for a -4 to Bruno - Salah goes off against LEI and then we see those same people Bruno to Salah?

                        1. Debauchy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Can't always get what you want and why for a -4 it's a straight move

                          1. doher.ty
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Not for everyone - tons have already used their FT.

                        2. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          What's his ownership now?

                        3. Shineonme
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          So is salah definitely out this GW. Hearing so many different rumours. Someone says he's got the unwanted Chinese import and some say that's not true.

                        4. No Professionals
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          good luck with that

                      • Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        time for mane to hattie

                        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Who will pass him the ball?

                          1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Pass the ball to him*

                          2. Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Mane

                        2. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          They need a good team for that tho

                          1. Zim0
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Almost all of their first 11 is out no?

                            1. Flair
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              yeah, liverpool don't look good rn. loss of creativity from taa, not enough midfielders for 4-3-3 so the 4-2-3-1 is employed but shaqiri starting, firmino in dreadful form ain't great. leicester are damn good too

                              1. Zim0
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Maybe if thiago is back they could score a few

                                1. Flair
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  can't see liverpool scoring more than 2 tbh

                      • Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        salah price dropping at an insane rate. -5.3 15 minutes ago, -9.9 now. Fernandes set to rise now

                      • Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        OMG Mane at 27.2 already let's goooo

                      • PLerix
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        McCarthy
                        Robbo, Kilman, Taylor
                        Bruno, Son, Zaha, Grealish
                        Kane, Jimenez, Wilson*
                        4.0, Dier, Bissouma, Justin
                        1 ft, 2m itb.

                        Bissouma -> Jota and bench Wilson?

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Wait and see if Wilson might be fit or not

                        2. Debauchy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          By this time next week half your team may have Covid , relax

                        3. gooberman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Lucky Salah owners. He gets covid during an international break!

                          1. doher.ty
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              lol how is it lucky to own Salah? He's been the best FPL asset since he's been back in the prem.

                          2. Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Chilwell (C)

                            1. Zim0
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Lets do it yo. Should have done it last week too

                              1. Flair
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                little chance for hauls though

                            2. Aston VII lalalala
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              It's not a bad shout and I expect goals from Chelsea too.

                          3. JBG
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Soooo.. Salah to Mane if I already have Bruno or Bissouma to Jota and bench Salah? Had Salah since GW1(will lose value on him). Going to WC GW10.

                            1. doher.ty
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                If you're going to WC GW 10 then you can afford to make those moves. I'd still wait just to confirm he is out. One test, is only the starting point.

                            2. Hotdogs for Tea
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Looks like I will be holding Son after all 🙂

                              1. Debauchy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Same and expecting a haul tbh

                              2. JBG
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Wait, why?

                                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  eh?

                                  1. JBG
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Nevermind.

                                    1. JBG
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Read that as Salah for some reason..

                            3. FPL_Motty
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Amazed that everyone is now selling Salah, even though he's not injured, will just miss 1 game and then everyone will have a headache and 2 wasted transfers to bring him back him. But works for me, please sell away, I will hold and captain whens hes had a nice rest and smashes a big haul against the 1m+ panic sellers 😉

                              1. Klip Klopp
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                You accused me of spreading rumours an hour ago! Silly little man you are ehh...

                                1. FPL_Motty
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Yep, I hadn't seen the reports on BBC etc. I assumed you were like a lot of trolls on here over the last week posting salah has covid everyday. Fair enough he does, though your comment doesn't really have anything to do with what I've said.

                                2. doher.ty
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Link the interaction, I'll settle this

                                    1. FPL_Motty
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Lol, I just said to not spread rumours without facts because its been happening all week with people posting salah has covid, without any way they would know that. However it was indeed reported properly when he posted his comment..

                                3. Hotdogs for Tea
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  different strokes for different folks 🙂

                                4. Hazz
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  It's an easy hold when you've got the Podence Powerhouse coming in for him.

                                  1. FPL_Motty
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Haha. Its only 1 gw, so podence is decent cover

                                  2. F_Ivanovic
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    What if you already have to play Podence?

                              2. yanky
                                • 11 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                wildcard or no?? Already used my FT

                                McCarthy
                                Lamptey Chilwell Cresswel Cancelo
                                Son Grealish Podence
                                DCL Kane Maupay

                                bench: Salah, Bissouma, Mitchell

                                1. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  What changes would you make?

                                  1. yanky
                                    • 11 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    probably take out 6 players— mccarthy mitchell son podence kane maupay

                                    1. yanky
                                      • 11 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      look to get in martinez cheapdef bruno kdb watkins antonio maybe

                                2. Ings_is_the_king
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Your team is good, with Salah the only problem and Podence too

                                3. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Does Salah have to quarantine in Egypt for two weeks or can he fly home and then quarantine? I don't mean literally fly, like a tweety bird, but sure I wouldn't put it past him.

                                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    has to quarantine in Egypt

                                    1. Zim0
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Hnm doesn't that mean he'll have to quarantine in England for 2 weeks too when he comes back?

                                      1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        no, professional sports people can travel without quarantine

                                    2. GreennRed
                                      • 9 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Mightn't be in peak performance if he's in Egypt another two weeks and flies home for an early game v Brighton on Saturday.

                                  2. The Mandalorian
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Whatever you've been smoking pass it round buddy.

                                    1. GreennRed
                                      • 9 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      It's the lack of it that has me this way 😉

                                4. The Mandalorian
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Salah to Bruno or Mane are now the top transfers being made.

                                  1. Flair
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    ziyech in the mix too

                                  2. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Let them sell

                                  3. GreennRed
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Sound. Considering Ziyech or the invisible man.

                                5. Ings_is_the_king
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Should I start Coufal or Targett?

                                    1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Both

                                      1. Ings_is_the_king
                                          2 months, 7 days ago

                                          Should I bench Cancelo or Zouma then?

                                    2. Hotdogs for Tea
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Who do you have coming off you bench for Salah ?

                                      1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        Justin

                                      2. doher.ty
                                          2 months, 7 days ago

                                          Justin or Lamptey